Eden Hazard during Real Madrid's clash against Club Brugge, (c) Soccrates Images.

Real Madrid hand an ultimatum to Eden Hazard after poor displays

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard endured a horrible season in 2019/20 and the club wants to see a upturn of performances.

Real Madrid made an emphatic signing in the summer of 2019 by landing Eden Hazard from Chelsea. The winger’s transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium had been a focus of discussion since a few years before it finally materialized 12 months ago. However, not everything has gone as per plan for the club and its marquee player.

Hazard’s first season in La Liga saw him have several fitness snags. The Belgium international’s first long-term injury came in November, which ruled him out for three months. No sooner had he returned, the 29-year-old hurt his ankle once again and required surgery on the second instance, thereby being on the treatment table for three more months.

Eden Hazard did make a bright start to life after the end of lockdown in Spain with two assists in as many matches, but his troubles returned once again. The former Lille ace was forced to train away from his teammates and looked visibly uncomfortable in matches, in turn forcing Zinedine Zidane to start several others ahead of him.

Diario GOL has now reported that the player’s inconsistent decision-making has angered the Whites in light of how he behaved during Belgium’s most recent international fixtures. Hazard actually intended to stay back in Madrid to prepare for the next season but was persuaded by Roberto Martinez to report for international duty.

Thibaut Courtois, his club and national teammate returned back to Spain a week earlier following a coronavirus scare but Hazard stayed on with his national selection, without playing a single minute in two matches, one each against Denmark and Iceland. The club believes that this is a lapse of professionalism and has now placed an ultimatum before him.

Los Blancos have notified the player that this will be his only season for redemption. The ex-Chelsea superstar is one of the highest paid players in the squad but was one of the worst performers from the 2019/20 campaign, with just one goal and seven assists in La Liga. Zidane will continue to count on him, but there won’t be any more chances if he fails again.

Florentino Perez has reportedly spent 160 million euros including add-ons and bonus fees on signing one of the best players to play in the Premier League, but he has not reaped his benefits. Before Hazard’s situation becomes one like Gareth Bale’s, the club wants to take appropriate action even if it means parting company.